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June 1, 2016 / 24 Iyar, 5776

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Shin Bet Says Latest Duma Arson Not by Jews, Dawabeshes Disagree

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

The Shabak (Shin Bet) released a statement that the latest arson attack in Duma was not committed by Jews. The rest of the details of the investigation remain under a gag order.

According to Channel 10, one resident of Duma claims he saw Chareidi (Ultra-Orthodox) Jews running away, while another members of the Dawabshe clan says the Shin Bet is lying, and it was settlers who threw the firebomb into the house last night.

The home that was attacked belongs to Ibrahim Dawabshe, the man who claims to have witnessed the attack that killed three members of the Dawabshe family in July 2015.

Ibrahim claims he saw two arsonists in July, and his testimony contradicts that of the Shin Bet, which claims that only one person was involved in the attack. The Shin Bet obtained their confession from the suspect through torture.

There is also an 18-year-old feud going on in the village, and quite a number of unexplained arson attacks. This is the second fire since the July 2015 attack and the fifth fire in the past year.

Palestinian Authority investigators said the previous fire was due to an electrical short, after some initial confusion on the villager’s part as to whether or not there was a firebomb. Israeli investigators were not allowed in to check for themselves.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Fire at B’tselem’s Jerusalem Office Building

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

A fire broke out in the building that houses the offices of the NGO B’tselem in the Makor Chaim neighborhood of Jerusalem, on Sunday evening.

According to the fire department, the fire broke out on the second and fourth floor of the building, and there are reports of at least one person trapped on the fourth floor.

B’tselem’s offices are on the first floor. It is unclear if the fire broke out within B’tselem’s offices.

B’tselem was recently in the public’s eye after the expose on Ilana Dayan’s show, Uvda.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Forest Fire in Gush Etzion’s Gevaot Forest

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

A forest fire was blazing in the Gush Etzion bloc in Judea on Sunday morning.

Fire officials ordered the closure of Route 367, in order to keep motorists safe from the flames in the Gevaot Forest.

It is not yet clear how the fire got started.

Hana Levi Julian

Fire at Old Hamashbir Building in Central Jerusalem

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Fire broken out Saturday at the old Hamashbir Latzarchan building on King George Street in central Jerusalem.

The main part of the building has been empty for a while, but the building’s ‘Off the Wall Comedy Club’ and a yarn store on a lower level have been popular haunts for veteran Jerusalemites.

The building is also nestled cheek-and-jowl to the Lev Yerushalayim apartment hotel, another long-time ‘de rigeur’ for foreign tourists, including many Americans.

It is not yet clear what started the blaze; however, Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told JewishPress.com there has been no indication the fire was deliberately set.

Hana Levi Julian

Large Brush Fire Contained in Galilee

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Firefighters have managed to contain a large brush fire after the blaze ignited between the Galilee communities of Abu Senan and the village of Khalil.

A ground crew of eight firefighters was backed up by four firefighting aircraft that worked to prevent the flames from spreading to homes in the complex topography of the area.

Another concern was the issue of the northern winds, which were blowing the flames towards an ancient olive grove.

There have been numerous wildfires throughout Israel this summer due to the extremely dry, hot conditions and also to a number of terrorist arsons. It is not yet clear how this fire started.

Hana Levi Julian

Is Duma Village the Most Flammable in Palestine?

Monday, August 24th, 2015

(JNi.media) Palestinian Authority media reported that late Sunday night a fire broke out in a house belonging to a member of the Dawabsha family in the village of Duma, not far from Ramallah. According to early reports, some family members were injured in the fire, but later reports said there were no injuries. Also, early Arab reports blamed the fire on Jewish settlers, but after a while the head of the Duma village council, Abdul Salam Dawabsha, announced the fire started due to a malfunctioning electric system.

However, local residents told NRG that they found a Molotov cocktail inside the burnt Dawabsha house, and suggested the house—located at the center of the village, just like the other two Dawabsha burnt houses were—had been set on fire as the result of an internal conflict. The same locals noted that, contrary to the previous fire, this house was left without Hebrew graffiti smeared on the walls.

In another interesting development, 0404.co.il reports that a third Dawabsha house in Duma had a fire in February of this year, and a Dawabshe family car was also burnt in June.

This raises the question, posed so far only by “extremist” Jews, as to whether the previous arson, where a baby and later his father—of the same Dawabsha clan—were killed, may also have been the result of internal fighting.

So far, the only evidence separating the incidents is the fact that someone was inspired to write graffiti in Hebrew on the walls of one of the burnt houses. To date, Israel’s internal security force has been unable to establish any connection at all between the Duma village arson and Jewish suspects, other than the fact that there exists a segment of the settler community in Judea and Samaria who dislike Arabs.

In fact, the same internal security force which had no problem locating within one week a 9-member Arab cell that was sworn to throwing Molotov cocktails at Jews to avenge the Duma arson—has had to resort to picking 16 Jewish settlers for different levels of administrative detention this past weekend, as an admission of its failure to bring credible charges against them in court.

According to reports, the latest burnt house belongs to Manor Rashid Dawabsha, brother of Mamun Dawabsha, whose empty house was set on fire three weeks ago along with the home of the late Sa’ad Dawabsha, who perished with his baby. Ghassan Douglas, who holds the Settlers portfolio in the Palestinian Authority, told WAFA that the house was burnt last night as the result of arson, and that a family member was injured from smoke inhalation.

Douglas told WAFA it was important not to rush into blaming Jewish settlers for last night’s arson, because, should it turn out to have been the result of village in-fighting, the Israelis would claim that the same was true about the previous case of arson.

JNi.Media

Arab Demonstrates How Forest Fires are Started by Arson Terrorists

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Most media outlets feature videos on how to prepare gourmet meals or build your own dream house.

Here in the Middle East, if you know where to look, apparently one can also find footage on how to set your own forest fire.

Arson researchers have found quite a bit of evidence recently in forests and open areas throughout Israel that prove most of the recent fires that were so terribly destructive were the result of arson.

Although in many cases it was clear that the fires did not start as a result of travelers in the area, fire investigators found that difficult to prove, due to a lack of evidence.

But on Saturday night, the Hebrew-language 0404 news website published a helpful video shot by Palestinian Authority Arab photographer Jihad Qade, showing an Arab demonstrating how to set a forest fire on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

Arson investigators are not always able to track down the evidence behind most of the fires that are set by such terrorists.

This video footage, however, together with some documentation by Arab media, shows the methods used to set some of these fires involves using a flame, an aerosol spray can and a spark plug.

The flame is then directed toward a tree or a bush of thorns, and soon it catches and begins to spread on its own.

In the above footage obtained by 0404, a fire is shown being lit by an Arab whose identity is concealed by a keffiyeh which covers his face as he stands in the open space next to a base in the Jerusalem area.

The goal of such activity is ominously clear: to burn and murder Jews.

Hana Levi Julian

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